Events in life have a way of getting us down from time to time. We fail ourselves, others don’t keep their promises, and we struggle to keep up with the demands placed on us. What are we to do in times like these?
There’s rarely an immediate “cure” for our stresses, but here’s a few things you can try to relieve the tension:
Plan a Quiet Time
A schedule that keeps you running between appointments all day allows very little time for comfort or self reflection. Psalm 46:10 reads, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Cut out some time to sit and reflect in the awesomeness of the Father today.
Try taking the focus off of yourself and make someone else’s day better. Volunteering is proven to improve your attitude, and loving and serving others is an important part of living out our faith.
I’ve yet to hear anyone advise against regular exercise, and for good reason! The Anxiety and Depression Association of America states, “Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem.” How’s that for improving your outlook?
Count Your Blessings
More than likely you have something to be thankful for today. Chances are you woke up in a warm bed this morning. There was likely food in the cupboard. Your car started! We often don’t realize how blessed we are until these things are taken away. Don’t wait until things go wrong to acknowledge how good you have it. Use every moment to praise God for his provisions!
Look for the Good
When life isn’t going your way, remember that you have a promise from the God of the universe. In Jeremiah 29:11, God spoke his promise, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Be on the lookout for what God might be bringing into your life through your current circumstances, rather than focusing on the circumstances themselves.